Number of H1N1 cases rises to 88

St. Thomas health officials reported 88 cases of H1N1 Wednesday, with 28 new cases reported since last week.

Madonna McDermott, director of the Student Health Service and Wellness Center, published the figures on the university’s pandemic planning Web site.

Additional seasonal flu-shot clinics on campus have been postponed by the Student Health Service due to delays in shipments from vaccine manufacturers.

The largest U.S. supplier of seasonal flu vaccines, Sanofi Pasteur, said it is running behind on the shipment seasonal flu vaccines in its effort to produce millions of doses of the H1N1 vaccine. The company said it has shipped more than half of the 50.5 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine ordered by U.S. health care providers and has sent notices to customers saying that additional doses may be delayed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 45 million to 50 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine will become available in mid-October. The CDCP expects about 20 million a week after that, reaching a total of 195 million in December.

The H1N1 vaccine will soon arrive in Minnesota, but all 28,000 doses have already been earmarked for health care workers.

State Health Department officials said Thursday they’ve been told the nasal mist vaccine will arrive sometime next week. They couldn’t say when more doses would follow.

Students are urged to continue measures such as diligent hand washing, covering one’s mouth when coughing or sneezing and staying away from sick people. Students experiencing typical H1N1 symptoms can self-report their illness at the pandemic planning Web site.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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